February 10, 2010
Let’s get real here. Finding true *louvre* is no easy feat, and once it’s found, it’s not always smooth sailing. Like all the best things in life, love needs three T’s: Time, Talent and Treasure (yes, treasure.) While you might think money is no matter to love, I would beg to differ. In the words of Madonna, “We are living in a material world, and (while you might think you’re one and above it all, I bet you still love flowers, nights out and a place to live; so, it’s time to sing it with her…) I am a material girl.”
All joking aside, though, when it comes to wedding planning, many couples are left feeling ”rich in love” but “poor in wallet.” Few of us have bottomless bank accounts when it comes to budgeting our nuptials. So, it helps to think about the big picture. You need to allot enough money for the things which matter the most to you. Cut corners and trim the budget on all the extra, less important items. Below are the Top 10 Ways to Save on Your Wedding:
- Avoid Saturday. By choosing an off day, you will avoid paying a premium for services. You might also be able to afford your dream photographer, ideal wedding location or perfect caterer by choosing an “off” day when most aren’t booked.
- Trim Your List. The amount of people in attendance will quickly make your budget boom. Trim your guest list by moving your wedding elsewhere – such as a destination wedding - or politely explain the wedding is only for close family.
- Repurpose + Restructure. Think of ways to get more bang for your buck. Have your bridesmaid’s place their bouquets on the reception tables as centerpieces or order mini wedding cakes, allowing the confections to act as both a decoration and dessert.
- Surf the Web. Go online for everything from RSVPs to bargain shopping. There are many cost saving applications and purchases to be found online, and it only requires time.
- Redeem Your IOUs. Call in favors from friends and family. Ask if anyone can do calligraphy, spin the turn tables or dabble like to moonlight as aspiring photographers or florists.
- Cut the Fat. Remove the some of the trimmings from your food choices. Instead of offering hors d’oeuvres, a sit down meal and an open bar, schedule your wedding between meals. Offer only cake and drinks or simply, lighten up on the food, eliminating some of the higher priced items.
- Turn Down the Volume. Cut a chunk of costs by forgoing the traditional wedding band or DJ. Create your own wedding soundtrack by choosing music together and burning it on a CD. Then, have a friend be your Master of Ceremonies by emceeing and changing the disks.
- Become a DIY Diva. Creating your own wedding invitations, wedding favors or wedding programs is a simple way to save a lot of money. With today’s high quality DIY kits, all you need is a quality printer and time to create a professional look without a professional price.
- Beg, Borrow + Steal. Okay, don’t steal, but try borrowing items that are generally bought or rented. Consider using family heirlooms such as candlesticks, wedding accessories or serving ware instead of renting or buying. It also adds a nice personal touch.
- Elope! The easiest way to save a lot of money on your wedding is to elope. You can still throw a killer party, letting your friends and family celebrate with you but you avoid over half of the fees related to a formal wedding.
The key to saving money on your wedding is to choose to forgo items which aren’t important to you in the long run. Decide on what you can’t live without and scrutinize everything else. And cheers, to many MANY years of happiness!
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